In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Tain like this:
Tain, seaport, parl., royal, and police burgh, and par., Ross and Cromarty, on S. shore of Dornoch Firth, 25¾ miles NE. of Dingwall and 44½ N. of Inverness by rail - par., 16,673 ac., pop. 3009; parl. and police burgh, pop. 1742; royal burgh, pop. 2221; P.O., T.O., 4 Banks. Market-days, Tuesday and Friday. Tain has a ruined chapel of 13th century, and the collegiate church of St Duthus, founded in 1471. Good golfing links are adjacent to the town. It is one of the Wick District of Parliamentary Burghs, which returns 1 member.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Tain has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Highland. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Tain and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Tain, in Highland and Ross and Cromarty | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th May 2013
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